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I love dishes, and I continue to haunt thrift stores, estate sales, and other places where vintage china, dinnerware and glassware are to be found.

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Wedding table settings – vintage china makes memories

Wedding dinnerware

Wedding dinnerware

Weddings - in June or any other time - celebrate traditions important to family and friends.

Vintage china, carefully selected to complement a wedding theme, can add meaning and beauty to your engagement party, rehearsal dinner or a wedding banquet. If the wedding will feature a big dinner, consider using vintage dinnerware on the head table where closest family and friends will sit.

Today's wedding themes almost endless. Here are a few major categories:

* A cultural theme, such as Irish, Polish, English, African or Jewish
* A location theme, like the beach or seashore, forest, garden
* A seasonal theme, like Halloween, Christmas, summer or autumn
* A special interests theme, like historical periods, fairytale, western or romantic

There are themes to suit every couple's taste and situation. To select vintage dishes to use as part of your table settings:

* Start with the theme. It can be simple as particular colors or flowers, or complex as Victorian or Cinderella.
* Identify the motifs that go with the theme, such as sea shells for a beach theme, or sunflowers for a summer or country theme wedding.
* Search on the Internet under keywords that go with your selections, like "vintage garden china," "vintage rose dinnerware" or "vintage leaf dishes" to identify some patterns to complement your theme.

Here are some examples of vintage patterns selected by following this process:

* Floral patterns that echo the wedding flowers, like Tudor Rose by Style House, Snow Lily by Lenox or Heirloom by Pfaltzgraff.
* Mom and Dad's wedding china pattern, like Softly by Noritake or Wild Strawberry by Wedgwood.
* China with the words wedding or bridal in the name of the pattern, like Wedding Band by Mikasa or Bridal Rose by Celebrity.
* Dinnerware made in a location that is special to the bride and groom, such as Rheinstone by Arklow (Ireland) or Botanic Garden by Portmeirion (England).
* A funky, 1970s china pattern for a retro theme wedding, like Floral by Franciscan, Hearts of Gold by Iroquois, or patterns in the Cerastone line by Mikasa.

Select your patterns, acquire the pieces, and one more element of the upcoming wedding celebration is completed.

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6 comments to Wedding table settings – vintage china makes memories

  • Floral patterns will be good for me since I am going to have a garden wedding. Nice post about the different types of china’s that we can use for weddings.

  • Kimbesa

    Flowers do seem to be the most popular. A garden wedding sounds beautiful!

  • Rebecca

    I hire out vintage china nationally at very reasonable prices and agree, it can look absolutely stunning, it can also be adapted for winter weddings with addition of crystal candle sticks, cut glass vases, bowls and cake stands and strings of pearls to decorate.

  • Kimbesa

    That sounds lovely!

    And gives me some ideas for further table settings. Thanks!

  • Faye

    Hi Kimbesa

    I will definitely be checking out your ebay pages.

    Vintage china is such a lovely thing to have as a main focus to a wedding, instead of the usual plain white crockery, especially when used to deliver a classical English afternoon tea party. It can provide the main theme, perhaps used as the centre piece. I had 3 tier cake stands as my table centrepiecs, with flowers on the top tier, almonds, second, and favours on the bottom, which was replaced with wedding cake later on. Everyone loved it!
    Have a look at my picture gallery at http://www.theafternoonteaparty.co.uk.
    Faye x

  • Kimbesa

    Hello Faye,

    Lovely china on your site!

    My love of tea has been developing, to match fascination with all the dishes and things that go with it. And my article on How to Make a British Cup of Tea is very popular as well.


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